Reserve Deputy James L. Epp

Reserve Deputy James L. Epp

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, March 1, 1978

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James L. Epp

Reserve Deputy James Epp drowned while attempting to save two women trapped in a car when the Salt River flooded the roadway at Schoolhouse Road and Grapevine Road.

Deputy Epp and a civilian who was assisting him were swept away by the river as they attempted to attach a chain to the car. His body was found one mile downstream. The civilian survived.

Deputy Epp had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for nearly 20 years and was awarded the Arizona Medal of Valor posthumously in May 1978. He volunteered with the agency for nearly 20 years prior to his death. He is survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 19 years, 9 months
  • Badge Jeep 616

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Jim, 45 year's and I still get drawn to this site. Rest in peace partner.

D Douglass MCSO

July 30, 2023

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